We have a diverse cast of players. Our backgrounds span from therapists, ministers to actors.
Robin Dawn Cherry
Ruth Yeo introduced Robin Dawn to Playback Theater Northwest (PTN) while they worked on Trees InThe Window” by Lois Mackey. Robin Dawn has appeared in several independent films (F) as well as on Television (Grimm NBC) and corporate videos (Boeing and Microsoft).
Now a member of PTN, Robin Dawn has come to appreciate improvisational theater in a new way. She enjoys using PTN short and long forms to perform the story and give a voice to the teller. It is so healing for both actor and audience and very empowering. Theater is Robin’s first love and she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, School of Drama. Robin Dawn has performed in several community theaters in Los Angeles and Seattle as a teaching artist (TA), stage manager (SM) and/or actor (A) that include:
Northwest African American Museum (SM), Book-It Repertory Theatre (TA, SM, A), Fringe Wilmington (SM), George Center for Community (A), Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (A, F), Mae West Festival (A), Moore Theatre (A) , ReAct Theater (A), Rebirth Drama Company (A), Seattle Fringe Festival (A), Seattle Repertory (TA) and Tacoma Actors Guild (TA, A).
Harold Costa, Jr
Harold Costa, Jr. joined Playback Theater Northwest in 1994 and rebuilt the entire troupe in 1996. He became the President and Co-Artistic Director stepping down in Jan of 2005 pursuing his spiritual direction as a Minister at the Center for Spiritual Living. He returned as the President and Co-Artistic Director in 2009. He was born and raised in Hawaii and is a graduate of the University of Washington in Business Administration. He has been involved with theater since 1975 and his acting credits include many stage plays, movies and TV extra roles for Paramount, Warner Brothers, FOX and NBC. He now lives in the Sandpoint area of Seattle and is known for his warm heart and Polynesian smile. He is also blessed to have two incredible children, Daniel & Grace.
Janice Eng attended a Playback Theater performance and immediately saw its power, not only to entertain, it has tremendous capacity for healing and community-building. Intrigued with the form, she tried out and joined the troupe in 2010. Although she has no formal theater experience, her mother often marveled how she could spin a good story when she would sneak in after curfew. Janice has been in the holistic healing field for over thirty years as a massage therapist, energy worker, and as a counselor, working with issues of self esteem, empowerment, and in relationships. She is a founding member of the Freedom Project, an organization which provides trainings in nonviolence and mindfulness for Washington State prisons and also works with people coming out of prison. She teaches Nonviolent Communication (Compassionate Communication), in the community as well.
Dora Lanier is a Seattle-based actor, teaching artist and director with over 15 years of experience in the field of theatre. Dora began her journey with Playback Theatre Northwest in February 2007. An active improv artist, Dora has “played” along with It’s a Mystery on the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train, Capital City Mystery Players in Austin, Texas and the Gender Bender Project in Madison, Wisconsin. Other current improv projects include working with various health professionals, lawyers, police officers and State of Washington social workers in improvisational role-plays for training purposes. A native of Tomah, Wisconsin, Dora received her M.F.A. in acting, voice and movement from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Kestrel Rundle is a native of the beautiful Methow Valley in central Washington, where she first studied theatre, dance, voice and piano. She moved to Seattle in 2009, after receiving her BA in English Literature from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where she studied playback theatre with Hannah Fox. Kestrel has performed leading roles in numerous plays and musicals, but her favorites include Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, Bernstein’s Candide, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Julius Caesar, and Steel Magnolias. Kestrel is thrilled to once again hear and perform stories as a member of Playback Theater Northwest!
“Change the name and it’s about you, that story” – Horace
Ruth Yeo-Peterman finds that her love for story goes back to the people who tell them. She believes in the importance of storytelling, and the power of the arts in all its forms, for building connections through a shared witnessing of stories and human experience. She is blessed to have heard, and shared in, many incredible stories throughout her years growing up in Singapore and South Africa. In 2009, she moved to Seattle from Boston upon the completion of her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Ruth serves as a community arts consultant with Silver Kite Community Arts Consulting and is the director of mental health and program development with Arts Aftercare. Past projects include developing and directing an original performance in South Africa to promote inter generational understanding. She is delighted to continue to honor stories, and the people who share them, as a member of Playback Theater Northwest!
Maggie Yowell is co-founder and curator for the Transformational Arts Project at George: Center for Community, and serves as Resident Drama Therapist and Clinical Mental Health Counselor for the Center at Saint Andrews and George. Maggie also serves as a Creative Arts Therapist in the GeroPsych Units for Auburn Medical Center. A former environmental attorney, Maggie completed a Master’s of Arts degree from Antioch University in Counseling with specialties in Drama Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Maggie also is an Artist, Spiritual Director, Creativity Coach, SoulCollage(tm) Facilitator, Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator, and a Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner. Most recently, Maggie was featured in Joan Didion’s one woman play “The Year of Magical Thinking.” Maggie’s passion is the intersection between creativity, spirituality and psychology, and she likes to consider herself as a Tender of Sacred Story and a Celebrant of Wonder. Maggie is thrilled to be a part of Playback Theater Northwest.